Online Feedback: Personal Essays

Fiona Wright

24 February to 5 July, online

Full Price: $500
Member: $350
Conc Member: $300

You’ve written some personal essays – maybe you’ve even got a stack of drafts sitting in a drawer. You know they could be better, but you’re not quite sure how. Sound like you?

Personal feedback is an effective way to sharpen and refine your work. Feedback provides valuable insight into your writing and can help you develop your editing skills and critical eye.

In this online program, award-winning author Fiona Wright will provide feedback on your personal essays, enabling you to hone your skills over five months. Feedback will vary depending on each piece but may focus on areas such as voice and tone, structure and pacing, or incorporating research and other materials into your work.

Each month from February to June, you’ll submit up to 1500 words of non-fiction. Your tutor will provide tailored feedback, giving you time to incorporate her suggestions and advice into the next month’s submission. Each month, you can submit either new or revised writing.

You’ll also have the opportunity to read and comment on other course participants’ work. This process of giving and receiving feedback from fellow writers is an ideal way to determine what works, what resonates, what falls flat—and how to improve.

This online program takes place on a website specifically designed for writers, making it simple and easy to share your writing, give and receive feedback, and interact with fellow writers.

If you’re ready to challenge yourself and develop your skills through constructive critique and independent work, this program is for you.

Please note: this is a feedback-based program. While you are welcome to generate new material for submission during this time, no prompts or themes will be provided.

Participant Requirements

Internet access and confidence using basic computer software are essential for this program.

Submissions (personal essays up to 1500 words) are due on the following dates:

  • Sunday 24 February
  • Sunday 24 March
  • Sunday 28 April
  • Sunday 26 May
  • Sunday 23 June

You will receive your feedback within two weeks of each submission.

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